Video: UPS, FedEx Want Retailers to Get Real on Holiday Shipping

From the Wall Street Journal:

In terms of package deliveries, last Christmas was a perfect storm of shopper procrastination, bad weather, a compressed calendar and retailers that overpromised, resulting in millions of gifts that were too late for Santa.

This year, United Parcel Service Inc. UPS +0.23% and FedEx Corp. FDX +0.56% are working hard to avoid a repeat of the fiasco.

Their challenge is convincing retailers to change their ways.

UPS is trying to persuade e-commerce companies to hold their big sales in mid-December instead of in the countdown to Dec. 25. It also wants them to stagger special offers geographically—so a GoPro GPRO +0.83% camera might be on sale one day in Texas and a different day in Florida.

Last year, an estimated 2 million express packages due to be delivered Christmas Eve were left stranded on trailers and delivery trucks across the nation, according to tracking software developer Shipmatrix Inc.

Read more: UPS, FedEx Want Retailers to Get Real on Holiday Shipping – WSJ.

  • LloydStreetMarty

    Funny the postal service didn’t have that trouble with millions more packages and for less money

  • RealDeal

    ….not to mention the Postal Service delivers thousands of their packages daily. Why big companies would pay FedEx and UPS’s expensive shipping rates is beyond me. They just load them up on a truck and drop them off at the Post Office.